NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say no sheens were sighted near a burning natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico during a flyover.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says no sheens were spotted on the surface of the water during the Wednesday morning flights. The lack of sheen indicates the fire indicates the gas is burning off with no sign that oil or other hydrocarbons are being released into the water.
Federal authorities also saw damage to the drilling rig from the air. Officials stressed that Tuesday's blowout won't be nearly as damaging as the 2010 BP oil spill. Hercules says all 44 workers on the jackup rig were rescued without injury.